Senior Mongolian officials seek to revitalize local tourism industries
- From March 11 to 18, 2018, a delegation of 14 governors, a vice governor, and others from provincial and county governments across Mongolia were in Korea to take part in LOGODI’s Capacity Building Program for Senior Officials from Mongolia.
- Led by the Vice Governor of Dornogovi Province, Ms. Erdenetsetseg Gotov, the county governors, provincial department head, and manager from the Mongolian Tourism Organization immersed themselves in discussions with Korean academics and practitioners around topics focused on tourism, as officially requested to LOGODI by the Government of Mongolia.
- A total of four lectures collectively looked at the local tourism industry and opportunities for revitalization through marketing in such areas as culture and ecotourism. A seminar was also convened to review related strategies for Mongolia, and was presented by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) along with Korean and Mongolian local governments.
- To preface the content to be covered in the program, Prof. Sung, Keuk-je, from Kyung Hee University started with an introduction to Korea’s history of economic development. Profs. Kyung-Mo Ahn from Kyung Hee University; Kim, Juyeon, from Shinhan University; and Cho, Young-Ho, from Jeonju Municipal Government then shared expertise in their respective subjects, presenting successful case studies from the Korean experience that could assist in identifying the direction for Mongolia’s own regional development through diverse forms of tourism.
- Discussions were put into clearer context through five study and site visits around Korea, including to the Hanok Village in Jeonju. In Gangwon Province, participants had the chance to witness the 2018 Winter Paralympics and meet with the organizing committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, before experiencing the trekking course Gangneung Baugil. The National Museum of Contemporary History in Seoul was also included in the itinerary.
- The program was this year’s first of international programs at LOGODI. A second "Study Visit Program for NAOG Faculty," in partnership with Mongolia’s National Academy of Governance (NAOG), is further scheduled for May 27 to June 3.